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Film Fund Seeks Applicants

So you say you want to be in pictures?

South Carolina's been providing locations for television series and feature films for years, but for the most part all those productions have originated in Hollywood or other equally distant locales. The S.C. Film Commission is trying to flip that formula on its head by giving local aspiring filmmakers a chance to prove themselves. Last year, the Commission's new Film Production Fund awarded two $100,000 grants to S.C. filmmakers who promised, per the fund's requirements, to employ students in local film programs at Trident Tech, USC, and Clemson University. One of those films, Brad Jayne's short Song of Pumpkin Brown, premiered here a few weeks ago, and Matthew Sefick's The Four Children of Tander Welch is being film in collaboration with USC's Media Arts Department as you read this.

As of now, the Film Commission's once again extending the invitation to local moviemakers, including producers, writers, and other industry professionals willing to work in collaboration with the three educational partners on creative projects that spotlight S.C. themes and locations. They've got $400,000 to give to the right projects, and it might as well be yours. Grant applications are due by Oct. 27, and grants will be awarded in February 2008. Visit the Film Commission's website at www.scfilmoffice.com for complete details about applying.

Lights, camera, Gibbes

Following the success of last year's inaugural Night of Short Films, organized by City Paper contributor Nick Smith, the Gibbes Museum of Art is reprising the event in May, and they're looking to make your movie part of it. Whether your interests lie in dark humor, the gentler touch of romance, horror, or even foreign language film, any genre is welcome as long as it's original. Taking place on the evening of May 4 in the rear courtyard of the Gibbes, the second Night of Short Films will mix the visual with the virtual by making the event concurrent with the Janet Biggs exhibition of video installations Like Tears in Rain, on view in the Gibbes' Rotunda May 4-Aug. 12.

Smith says films should fit a theme of "freedom of expression and free will" this time around. Entries are welcome on DVD and must be received by April 10. There's no submission fee, and the previous Night of Short Films supplied refreshments and a free screening of the winning flicks, making the project a mission worth any movie buff's time. So get writing and start those cameras rolling. For more information, contact the Gibbes Museum at 722-2706 x38 or contact Nick Smith at milktreading@hotmail.com.


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